Mehlsack, have in mind that Autopano has to read the source files, blend them at the temp folder and then write the output. The fastest option is those three locations to be on the same physical drive, so no moving of data around occurs.
The idea to put the OS/apps on a SSD is great, the improvement in boot speeds is drastic. You can, in most cases, use the same drive for SYSTEM swap (not APP temp, mind you!). I, personally, would go for a RAID0 with Raptors and if the space is not enough - then with WD Black drives. And have separate non-raid drive for permanent storage (or maybe three drives in RAID5). So it breaks down like this (according to your budget):
- OS + applications + system swap => SSD
- pano sources + APP temp + render destination => RAID0 of Raptors or WD Blacks
- storage => WD Blacks in RAID for safety or single drive if it is enough, but set up a backup in all cases!
I also try very hard to ignore what Henrik is posting, as huge amounts of envy start to pile in my head